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there, but when barack obama arrived in israel for the first time as president this week, he had what he called his homework .n hand on the list, healing a political rift with prime minister benjamin netanyahu, winning over a skeptical and gently c, restarting the moribund middle east peace talks in part by appealing to israelis to see it from the palestinian point of iew. >> put yourself in their shoes. look at the world through their eyes. just as israelis built a state in their homeland, palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land. gwen: but make no mistake, this was an emphatically pro-israel trip, especially when the president talked tough to two of the region's problematical leaders, presidents mahmoud ahmadinejad of iran and bashar .l-assad of syria >> i'm confident that assad will go. it's not a question of if, it's when. and so part of what we have to spend a lot of time thinking about is what's the aftermath of that and how does that work in a way that actually serves the syrian people? gwen: and today he did some hand-holding with the leaders of jordan and
, but it is possible. >> paul: welcome to journ"the journal editorial report", i'm paul bgigot. that's president obama in israel and the first thawing the often frosty relationship with benjamin netanyahu. is it a turning point in the region? let's ask dan henninger and global view columnist bret stevens. so, bret, the big news out of this, or at least at the surface, that a new good feeling between prime minister y netanyahu and president obama. real or does it makes a difference? >> real, and it's definitely good in terms of the optics, president obama spent the first four years trying to put as much distance between him avenue sn the israelis as he could. it didn't serve american interests or anyone's interest. now he's there and talking about my friend bb. maybe it's not sincere, but it's creating a perception of greater closeness. that's a good thing. israelis respond better when they're being held than when they're being scolded. no question, the speech went over well. the real question is whether the president has a realistic vision for-- >> well, he raised the prospects of this peace agreement
president obama's relationship with israel and with the israeli prime minister. we have had four very tense years. but i know in america, you say that there is no second chance to make a first impression. well, the president got that second chance and i think he took it i think his visit to israel, as far as the feeling and the respect and the emotion of the israeli people was a great success. it was a very impressive charm offensive. he reached out to the people. he touched every nerve and every fiber of israeli society with his words. and i must say that when air force one took off, it carried with it a totally different president, as far as at least the emotions, the expectations i and trust of the israeli people is concerned. >> then you're saying that this trip obviously had a big impact at a time when we know that this white house, for example, asked israel to go back to the borders, when it went to cairo first to speak to the muslim community out there and many jewish leaders were concerned that mr. obama was basically putting israel on the back burner. but you're saying now that you
of that has a place in the civilized world. >> it was a sign from obama that america still stands by israel. he also visited the grave of one of the founders of the modern zionist political movement, which was key in the creation of the israeli state. but obama also wanted to bring the issue of reconciliation between israel and palestine to the fore. the president visited the grave of the former prime minister, who was assassinated by an israeli nationalists in 1995 after signing the oslo accords. the politics of reconciliation almost seem like reconciliation, but obama is sending his secretary of state back to jerusalem to continue to build momentum for peace negotiations to resume. >> the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has apologized to turkey for the deaths of nine turkish human rights campaign members in a raid on the flotilla back in 2010. the activists were killed when israeli commandos stormed the turkish aid ship off the gaza strip. turkey expelled israel's ambassador and suspended military cooperation as a result. netanyahu made the apology in a phone call. president oba
to israel. five years after barack obama signed an order to close the u.s. military prison at guantanamo bay, it is about to expand it. the military is requesting 200 civilian dollars to upgrade the facility. obama first order barack gave as president was to close the military prison at guantanamo bay, cuba. five years later, the military wants nearly $200 million to renovate the naval base complex. >> these are things that we have to do right now. bem assuming guantanamo will closed sunday, but if we look into the past 11 years, it was supposed to be temporary. who knows where it is going? >> most of the money would build barracks for u.s. troops. it would also of great communications and legal facilities at the detention center. $49 million would go to build new detainee housing. administration officials say congress order not to transfer detainees to u.s. soil has tied their hands. 56 detainees already cleared to leave will not be released any time soon because the u.s. says there are still security concerns in their home countries. >> the united states will continue in its efforts to be
't you doing something militarily? >> reporter: before leaving israel today president obama did a little tarmac diplomacy arranging for a phone call between israeli's prime minister netanyahu and turkey's prime minister erdogan. netanyahu apologizing for the death of nine turkish citizens in 2010. >> it's in the interest of the united states that they begin this process of getting their relationship back in order. >> reporter: this morning the president paid a visit to the holocaust memorial yad vashem. and the church of the nativity in bethlehem, considered by christians to be the birthplace of jesus. powerful images in the region that may also resonate with americans back home. chuck todd, nbc news, aman. >> the president's trip will be one topic of discussion on "meet the press" sunday morning as will the fight over guns in this country. new york mayor michael bloomberg and nra ceo wayne la pierre will be among david gregory's guests sunday morning here on nbc. >>> still ahead for us on a friday night, a new warning about the effectiveness of smoke alarms in millions of our homes. the
audience on a week when president obama made his very first trip from israel since taking office we continue to see more of the same from campaigner in chief. he met with israel's leaders but offered no real solutions for middle east peace. it will take a lot more in a few days to fix the reckless foreign policy of the last now fewer years. he is aware of the challenge. >> i'm meeting none of these challenges will not be easy. ultimately it's not a hard problem. its hard slog to work through all these issues. it's hard. >> sean: aside from hitting the links in tiger woods and paling around with beyonce, it's hard work being the leader of the world. his trip didn't go entirely as planned. it included the burning of american flag and images of obama himself. then there was some car trump when the armored cadillac limo that was supposed to transport the president, that broke down. they put in the wrong fuel and it had to be towed. what would be a speech but without a few hecklers. >> i believe your future is bound to ours. >> sean: with reminders of the week for his failures to address
. >> question, was president obama's speech to college students in israel and the trip itself designed to reset u.s.- israeli relations that were badly strained and president obama's first term? >> yeah, john, and you're right, it's an israeli-u.s. reset, and i think it was a great success. i think the president's speech was outstanding to the young israelis. i think it was full of realism and idealism. what he has done, he has walked away from the idea that israel has to stop building settlements, and as a reality there's not going to be any palestinian state as long as you have the president meeting with netanyahu, lieberman, and those folks in power, but i do think there's been a reset in relations with israel. but john with the whole middle east, look at muslim brotherhood in egypt, hamas, gaza, the jordanian king is in trouble, syria is about to collapse in anarchy. you've got hezbollah in lebanon. i think that whole area is moving the other direction. if i were the president of the united states, i believe what he wants to do and ought to do is get out of dodge. >> eleanor. >> i can't rem
heard that president obama had taken my tele prompters to israel with him. but we made it okay. >> remi, were you moved? >> i was moved almost to tears. i thought it was a beautiful, beautiful statement. i actually attended the state of the union address two years ago and this rivaled the president's state of the union. the state of the show was impressive. >> and she says that from the leg chair. oh sorry. >> did you not listen? >> bill, this will be the closest you ever get to greatness. >> i have a couple of quick points to make. one, raccoons have been known to carry rabies and i do not have rabies. i can't emphasize it. and i am glad remi used this opportunity to tell everyone she went to the state of the union. >>> should only a's deserve praise? a principal cancelled the school honors night because it may upset kids who didn't make the grade. he wrote a letter to parents the ipswich middle school, go acne backs, and he says it can be devastating to a child who worked extremely hard in a difficult class who despite growth has not been able to maintain a high grade point average. s
leader. the holocaust memorial with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. before president obama left israel diplomatic kudos to him. he was able to persuade netanyahu to apologize. the two allies have had an icy relationship. >>> small airports are being forced to close the air traffic control as the latest fallout in the sequester cuts. the faa has ordered 149 control towers to shut down beginning in just the next couple of weeks. most of our local airports were spare td. sacramento and salinas will be affected. air traffic controllers warn pilots will have to land their planes without an extra set of eyes in the towers. >>> a suspected love triangle gone horibly wrong in virginia. three marines dead following a murder suicide. the gunman was a man and the victims a man and a woman. a difficult can week for the marines. on monday seven marines were killed during a mortar explosion. >>> columbine, virginia tech, aurora and newtown all tragedies that tore communities apart. they failed to produce significant change in our gun laws. >> democratic leaders are struggling to deliver. why harry r
, in large part, by obama not condemning israel's settlements, the building of houses on land long held by palestinians. families like the gharibs. today, their house is an island, this is how over the past 30 years, a nearby israeli settlement has grown, swallowing up almost half their land. the rest cut off by a security fence. "it's like we're in a prison," says mahmoud gharib. "we have cameras, gates, fences and walls." so, why do you stay? "this is my homeland. this is my house," he says. "the israelis are stealing the land day and night." reaching parts of their land requires a special permit. they're just explaining that this whole hillside below the settlement is their land and it's full of olive trees and in order to get over there to pick the olives, they need permission from the israeli military to get through these gates and cross this road. the israelis see it differently. arguing that jews were here on this very land thousands of years ago. do you understand why this family is angry that much of their land was taken? >> no. >> reporter: you don't see it that way? >> no. >>
obama was simply on holiday, touring the ancient city of petra in jordan. in israel, marveling at the dead sea scrolls. but these visits were carefully crafted events meant to send a message to israelis about his correction -- connection to the land they believe dates back to biblical times. the support is believed to be what pushed israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu to apologize to turkish prims recep tayyip erdogan about the raid. supporters at the israeli expandoes killed nine turks aboard an aid ship carrying activists trying to end the blockade against the -- against the gaza strip. >> it's in the interest of the united states that they begin this process of getting their relationship back in order. >> the entire focus of the president's trip was to strengthen his often tense relationship with the israeli leadership, but it had the opposite effect on the palestinians. many protested against his stop in ramallah, where the u.s. president continued to back away from his initial call for an end to the israeli settlements. >> his weak position at this point means that h
back in order. >> warner: mr. obama had spent much of the day in israel and the west bank, visiting landmarks commemorating the history of the jews and one of christianity's s holiest treasures safeguarded by the palestinians. he had a few words when he got to yad vashem, the memorial to the six million jews murdered in the holocaus >> here, on your ancient land, let it be said for all the world to hear: the state of israel does not exist because of the holocaust. but with the survival of a strong jewish state of israel, such a holocaust will never happen again. >> warner: the president then mr. obama was driven there through the israeli checkpoints and security wall separating israel from the west bank, after a sudd sandstorm grounded the president's chopper. it was perhaps a too-perfect metaphor for the tangled peace process he leapt back into this week. from there, it was a short flight to amman, capital of jordan, first arab state the president has visited since the uprisings erupted in the region two years ago. king abdullah has resisted the tide of revolution, but there are gr
, start with you. lots of questions ahead of president obama's trip to israel. how would he be able to smooth things over with prime minister netanyahu? able to win over a skeptical israeli people? make an aggressive push for renewed peace talks? how successful was the trip, bill? >> he was very success envelope communicating his support for israel, particularly with the younger israelis. his message to them was israel cannot survive for much long we are the status quo. that's an important message because a lot of israelis believe they can go on like this a long time and the president said israel cannot remain a jewish and democratic state if things don't change. and he urged young israelis to pressure their government because he said politicians do not take risks unless there is public pressure for change. that was his key message. >> one thing that struck a lot of folks, the president's different stance and tone in regards to this trip. let's listen to remarks that president obama made in cairo in 2009 compared to remark he is gave in ramallah on thursday. take a look. >> this con
on your screen now! >>> president obama was in jordan today after visiting israel but what if anything did he accomplish there? the israeli verdict on the visit next. >>> president obama is in jordan tonight after wrapping up a visit to israel. it began with questions about just how well he would go over with the israeli people. his relationship with prime minister netanyahu after all has been strained at times. the question is would people pick up on the chill at the top or warm up to the president. we now have the answer and chief national correspondent john king tonight to tell us about it. john, a lot of speculation about what kind of reception the president might get in israel, how ordinary israelis, how leaders might react to him there. how did it go overall? >> reporter: anderson, i spent a lot of time in this region so you know what seems like concrete under your feet can suddenly turn to quicksand. the president will head home tomorrow feeling pretty happy especially on the point you just raised, reception among the israeli people. he has a very mixed reputation if you look at the
. president obama surprised a lot of people by easing a source of tension in the middle east. he helped to restore normal diplomatic relations between israel and turkey. however, peace negotiations between the israelis and the palestinians is still another story. let's bring in nbc's steve handsman from washington. good evening, steve. >> reporter: raj, thanks. good evening. startling admission from president obama as he wrapped up his middle east trip, saying that middle east peace in essence would be tough. startling because he had gone there to tell the israelis and the palestinians that peace was possible if they compromised and worked harder. in jordan, the president and king abdullah discussed syria next door. mr. obama pledge $200 million in u.s. aid for syrian refugees. but the president sounded gloomy about the israeli/palestinian conflict west of jordan. >> we're just going to keep on plugging away. the window of opportunity still exists, but it's getting more and more difficult. >> reporter: earlier mr. obama met palestinian leader abbas in bethlehem at the church of the nati
everybody in? >> i tom friedman of the "new york times" but he put it in perspective. president obama is the first american president to travel to israel as a tourist. that concerns me. does me have the force of credibility with our jewish partners and respect of leaders who may not like him but fear him as they did george w. bush. that is the scary thing. we need to help israel establish a second most strategic alliance with egypt. obama does not have the ability. >> sean: jordan may not be far behind and syria is going the muslim brotherhood. >> he was most tossed out president in american-israel relations and before the election and same is true today. he didn't set the reset button on this trip. it was embarrassing and refused to go to the parliament to address the officials. it's self-styled and hand picked group of students and young people and he told them to ignore their elected representatives that somehow risk a verse and their parents who have some sort to overcome the legacy of mistrust. to tell holocaust descendants there is no healthy reason for skepticism is embarrassin
obama is playing favorites and he needs to more strongly condemn israel's settlements on palestinian land. in his weekly address he's calling on congress to focus on domestic issues. he's calling on congress to vote on three gun control measures that would ban high-capacity gun mig deans and fund school security and crackdown on gun trafficking. >> these ideas shouldn't be controversial. they are supported by a majority of the american people and i urge the senate and the house to give them each a vote. >>> a few hours ago the senate passed its first budget in four years, approving a $3.7 billion spending plan for next year. the 50-49 vote ended a growling all-night debate. no republicans voted for the package and that sets up contentious negotiations with the republican-dominated house in april to reconcile what are two vastly different plans for dealing with the deficit. the senate version calls for spending $100 billion on infrastructure to help create jobs. the house version calls for deep cuts in domestic spend to go balance the budget by 2023. >>> the california department of e
. >> president obama conveying a message of solidarity in israel saying america will always have its back. will his words reassure our closest ally in the middle east. >>> my main goal on this trip is to have an opportunity to speak directly to the israeli people at a time obviously what was already a tough neighborhood has gotten tougher. let them know they have a friend in the united states. i had enough of feeling embarrassed about my skin. [ designer ] enough of just covering up my moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. i decided enough is enough. ♪ [ spa lady ] i started enbrel. it's clinically proven to provide clearer skin. [ rv guy ] enbrel may not work for everyone -- and may not clear you completely, but for many, it gets skin clearer fast, within 2 months, and keeps it clearer through 6 months. [ male announcer ] enbrel may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal events, including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, nervous system and blood disorders, and allergic reactions have occurred. before starting enbrel, your doctor should test yo
this hour from a whil wind four-day visit to the middle east. >> mr. obama made stops in israel, the west bank and jordan. cnn's chief national correspondent john king is in amman and joins us live. john, nice to see you. it's pretty low expectations for this trip. the white house careful not to really set a bar very high. any surprises come out of it? >> i think they set that bar so low so they knew they could jump it. there were surprises. the best test is not how high the president feels about improving relationships with netanyahu or giving speech to a people that was well received. first a sober discussion about the syrian refugee crisis and going to petra to visit the ancient ruins. he may feel he's in better standing with the israelis and the prime minister, the question is, every american president in my lifetime has picked up this ball, the middle east peace process and tried to deal with it. bill clinton years on it, george w. bush at the end of his term. we'll see if president obama has success. he came here with a somewhat dysfunctional relationship with the israeli prime mini
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through another month without this. >> let me ask you you this question. yesterday in israel, president obama made reference to his 2008 hope/change campaign. he says, i can tell you this because i know it. that unless politicians are pushed, we will not dot right thing. a, do you think we pushed obama far enough in terms 6 being aggressive in regard to this gun control issue and b, how can people voice their outrage when we have leaders like harry reid, good honorable men who feel they are beholden to either the republican vote that won't agree with them or nra lobby which is so fiercely contested them that they feel helpless. >> mt american people went crazy the other night when harry reid did that. now he said he will let the assault weapons ban come up for a vote. he did change in just 48 hours when he saw the anger of the american people. barack obama, my personal belief, i've never met the man, i think he has a good heart. i think he has a conscience. you only have to look at his kids and his wife to know there is something good going on in that house. but he won't do it on his ow
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. they apresident obama is playing favorites and he needs to more strongly condemn israel's settlements on palestinian land. in his weekly address he's calling on congress to focus on three gun measures that would ban some assault weapons. >> these ideas shouldn't be controversy. common sense. they are supported by a majority of the american people and i urge the senate and the house to give each of them a vote. >> the republicans, the budget -- >> senator mike lee of utah gave the republican rebuttal saying the budget proposed by senate democrats raises taxes by $1.5 trillion without saving entitlements. >>> also new this morning, around 4:00 the senate passed its first budget in four years. approving a $3.7 billion spending plan for next year. the 50 to 49 vote ended a grueling all-night debate. no republican voted for the package. it sets up contentious negotiation was the republican-dominated house in april to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the deficit. the senate version calls for spending $100 billion on infrastructure to help create jobs. the house version
weapons. no questions asked. >> president obama is closing out his four day trip in jordan. he boarded air force one earlier this morning headed for petra. it strengthens bonds with israel but left some palestinians angry. they say president obama is playing favorites and need to more strongly condemn the settlements on palestinian land. in his address he focused on domestic issue calling on congress to vote on three gun control measures that would ban high capacity ammunition magazines, fund school security and crackdown on gun trafficking. >> these shouldn't be controversial. they are common sense. they are supported by a majority of the american people. i urge the senate and the house to give each of them a vote. >> katie: also new this morning, it was just a few hours ago that the senate passed its first budget in four years approving a $3.7 billion spending plan for next year. the 50-49 vote ended a grueling all night debate. no republicans voted for the package. this sets up contentious negotiations with the republican dominated house in april to reconcile what are two plans in deali
visit to israel as president. what did president obama actually accomplish on this trip if anything. former ambassador to the united nations john bolton will be with us to weigh in on that. >> jamie: and we're looking forward to that. meanwhile, president obama's health care reform law is turning three today. and the political battles over it continue. two elections later, one supreme court decision, and this week, a rare show of bipartisanship to repeal an unpopular tax in that law. molly henneberg taking a look at that for us, live from washington. hi, molly. >> hi, jamie, that was the medical device tax on everything from latex gloves to wheelchairs to dental instruments and republicans and democrats on capitol hill voted to repeal it, but health insurance industry advocates warned more taxes from this law are coming down the pike. >> the reform law includes a new 100 billion dollar tax on health insurance that starts next year. 2014, 8 billion dollars, average individual will pay $100 more on the premium, and small businesses will pay over $350 for each family they provide cover
. the israelis, two years ago obama called for it. it's going to be dicey. iran is still the world's leading sponsor of terrorism,. lou: thepresident use the expression game changer if it were to occur. was his visit to israel a game changer? >> i think it is a little too early to tell. what we don't know is what those two men said behind closed doors. we should have no illusions here. however warm and cozy it can be. lou: however cozy the relationship. however warm the reception. these gentlemen have istinctly different things when it comes around. >> i almost agree. not entirely. i don't think thee have different agendas. i think that everything that was said, what you heard is that obama and benjamin netanyahu were much closer together are not. what obama said, he said we are not going to allow iran to have clear weapons. he said we are not going to allow them to have weapons in an atmpt to contain them. they were ch closer than they have been. a very key subject. a. lou: let's turn to something that i did not want to hear. that was america and president obama are ready to attack iran. i
that call before leaving israel. palestinians are clearly frustrated. they say president obama's message of hope is empty, just words. the story now from our reporter. >> president obama's last trip took him to bethlehem. highlight of this trip that has strengthened bonds with israelis but frustrated palestinians. they vented their anger with protests fueled in part by obama not condemning israeli settlements to build houses on land long held by palestinians. for families like these. today their house is an island. this is how over the past 30 years a nearby israeli settlement has grown, swallowing up almost half their land. rest cut off my a security fence. it's like we're in a prison, he says. we have cameras, gates and fences and walls. >> why do you stay? >> this is my homeland. this is my house, he says. the israelis are stealing the land day and night reaching parts of of their land requires a special permit. >> just explaining this whole hillside below the settlement is their land and full of olive trees and in order to pick the olives they need permission from the israeli militar
' election as poep and in front of new crowds in rome. >>> and president obama is wrapping up his trip to the middle east, and he also made stops in israel, the best bank during his trip. and he called on israel to start direct talks with the palestinians, and helped to broker an apology over the deadly commando raid, and pledged $200 million in aid to cope with the refugees from syria. >>> the concurrent resolution is agreed to. >> move to reconsider? >> without objection. >> the senate has passed a budget. >> you heard it here, right there, the senate has passed a budget. it's the first time the senate has done that in four years. by the way, it's the job of your elected officials to have a budget every year, and anyway. it followed a marathon vote-o-rama. lawmakers burned the midnight oil and then some, and the democratic sponsored proposal has a $1 billion preduction in spending. >>> all along the east coast, a bright streaking fireball caught peoples' attention last night. did you see it? if not, look here. it was captured by a dash cam in washington. it was probably a meteor. bec
broken in israel. i'm not talking about president obama's trip to the middle east. instead i'm talking about the crowning of this woman right here as miss israel. we'll be talking with her and introduce you to her and how she was a guest of honor at a dinner involving the president of the united states while he was in israel. pretty extraordinary life story. >> i look forward to that. >> all that straight ahead. >> all right. it's not springtime, so i'm going to hunker down with my television today. >>> schools shutting their doors in chicago. it's billed as move to save money but some are outraged. we'll look at the issues. some schools are shutting their doors. he talks o some parent who is are outraged. >> i heard they are not going to be coming back next year and it's sad. it's sad. >> reporter: it's the list the parents have been dreading for months. 61 buildings including 53 schools targeted for closure. it's designed to cut costs as the school system faces a reported $1 billion deficit. ward constituents have been calling all day. >> some cases we're happy, some not so happy. >>
of getting a better sense on whether military action from either israel or the u.s. could happen? >> you know, going into this trip, prime minister netanyahu and president obama had a bit of a strained relationship, and i think what this did was the president made it very clear that israel is open and able to defend itself however it sees fit, and so when it comes to iran and it comes to the nuclear program there, the president left the door open when it comes to what israel may do and what the u.s. may do when it comes to maybe targeted military interventions when it comes to the nuclear program there. >> let's look at what happened, this voteorama. david, the senate was charging through about 70 amendments overnight. it finally passed its first budget in four years. it came about like 5:00 in the morning. how significant is that and in terms of timing without taking us to the very last minute? >> well, alex, as you know, this congress they tend to do that, but i think it's important not just symbolically that the senate passed a budget for the first time in four years but also what it's doi
with a walking tour of the ancient city of petra. it was his first trip to israel and the west bank since he was e leched in 2008. it could pay dividends. the state department said john kerry will hold separate talks with palestinian and israeli leaders today. president obama attended a dinner in his honor hosted by president perez. there were many other high profile government officials in attendance. one face in the crowd was memorable. the first miss israel with ethiopian heritage since the pageant began in 1950. the orphan came to live with her grandparents at 12. president obama has long been one of her idols. she said a recent trip to her homeland showed her how far she'd come. [ speaking in a foreign language ] >> translator: i stood there as a girl who finished the israeli army as an officer and thought how much a person can go through in nine, ten years. i learned a new language and culture. i enlisted and trained people and returned as a totally different person. >> aynaw will represent miss israel at the first world pageant in jakarta this september. >>> before becoming pope forme
city of petra. mr. obama spent two hours visiting be famous heritage site that is carved into solid rock. he also spent time in israel and palestinian territories. pakistan's former president musharraf says he will return to his home country sunday. the former military ruler wants to take part in elections coming up in may. he has been living in exile in dubai. the pakistani taliban has threatened to assassinate him if he sets foot in the country. the french government has it is dead.u zed he was one of the top leaders of al qaeda. france says dna tests proved he was killed last month. he died in a french military operation. on to sports, and sebastian will be back in the pole position at the malaysian grand prix. made four. deconditions. >> a dramatic turnaround for sebastian settled. he is in the pole position. it is the second race of the season and settle's second pole. the dream finish came after a dreams are. and the first two rounds, he was slow on the wet track. he barely made it to the finals, but in the last qualifier, settle crossed the line ahead of it teen ferrari. even
you know. >>> president obama wrapped up his first trip to israel on the west bank as president yesterday a three day trip that showcased noticeably warmer relations between obama and the prime minister netanyahu. no substantive policy changes or announcements. throughout the trip his rhetorical talents were on full display. while speaking to students in jerusalem he received applause in his call for a viable palestinian state. >> you have the opportunity to be the generation that permanently discuss the zionist dream or face a growing challenge to its future. given the demographics west of the jordan river, the only way for israel to endure and thrive as a jewish and democratic state is through the realization of an independent and viable palestine. that's true. [ applause ] >> the president used the trip not only to urge young israel chips to fight for peace but reiterate united states position on iran. >> iran must know this time is not unlimited and i've made the position of the united states of america clear. iran must not get a nuclear weapon. this is not a danger that can
over gun legislation with tom coburn. he will not seek a third term in 2013. president obama continued the first trip of his second term visiting israel, the west bank, and to jordan and met with king abdallah of jordan. they spoke to reporters. he said jordan is housing 460,000 refugees and expects the number to double by the end of the year. the president said the u.s. will provide $2 million in aid to jordan. >> we discussed syria and are horrified by loss of life. about extremely concerned the conflict. >> i remember you were here when you were a senator. i hope you are enjoying your second term. we are delighted to have these discussions. they were very, very fruitful on the strategic partnership. we are very grateful to you, sir, and the administration, as well as congress for the continued support as has been shown over so many years. and this partnership throughout the years has provided us to get to where we are today. and we continue that you will continue to help us secure regional peace. we did have an opportunity to discuss syria. as you know, we are horrified by the loss
meeting yesterday. it is scheduled to last just before 8:30 tonight. president obama's trip to the middle east included stops in israel and jordan. >> the president took time to record a message about gun violence. >> today there's still genuine disagreement about what steps we should take to reduce the epidemic of gun violence, but you, the american people, have spoken. >> mr. obama says lawmakers are currently working on gun control legislation the wake of the new town school shooting. bills include reinstating and strengthening a ban on the sale of military-style assault weapons and legislation making it harder for ex cons and people with severe mental illnesses from obtaining guns. >>> two teens have been arrested in connection with a horrific shooting of baby in georgia. police say two young robbers approached sherry west on thursday as she was walking her one-year-old boy in a stroller. the robbers demanded money. she said she didn't have any, then she says they started shooting, grazing her ear and shooting her in the leg before shooting her baby in the head. >> i tried to perform
. >>> and president obama will be heading home in a few hours. he made stops in israel, and the west bank and jordon. he called on israel to re-start direct talks with the palestinians. >>> on tuesday the supreme court will hear arguments on california's controversy prop 8. this is the ban on gay marriage. voters approved. some of the most influential voices in california understandably are hollywood stars and many have come out in favor of same-sex marriage. >> what makes the nation great is our freedoms and the idea of equality. >> we must demand full equality for all. eufrplt it's about time the supreme court weighed in on it and hopefully they will come down in favor of it. >> absolutely will be done this week. i can't imagine anything else. to me it's an embarrassment it has not already been done. >> and i am quoting martin luther king here, it always leads towards equality and i think i terribly paraphrased that but that's what we are hoping for here. >> it's definitely going to be overturned i hope. >> even after tuesday's oral arguments we won't get a ruling for months, but more than a dozen
. right now investigators say his death is unexplained. >> heather: president obama this hour is on his way back to washington after his trip to the middle east. for the president, the four-day visit was an opportunity to reassure the region's political leaders and people particularly israel, that he is committed to their security. leeland vittert is live with more. >> late night saturday night, the president left here a little more than 24 hours ago. so aall accounts, the charm offensive worked. he walked into israel with a 10% likeability rating, too early for new polls. but at least this 24 hour analysis says the numbers are sure to go up. it's more complicated in jordan where he had a tougher mission. he landed in jordan with two missions. one is to show solidarity with king abdullah. also had to go to talk about the syrian civil war, the refugee crisis, and president obama got quite pointed when he talked about the risk inside syria of muslims extremists taking over and possibly getting their hands on the syrian army's vast arsenal of weapons. >> i am very concerned about syria bec
that it was a largely positive trip. when you look at the headlines in israel, they're very, very, they're calling this trip a very successful one. you know, they had prime minister netanyahu and president obama had their moments. they exchanged laughs. there were, you know, it was a far cry from a moment in the oval office that we saw last year where there was very -- there was a lot of tension. i think that he sort of achieved what he wanted to do there on iran, on middle east peace, on trying to move that along a little. so i think he sort of, you know, this was a trip to really sort of embrace israel, to kind of give them a nod. he hadn't gone his entire four years, his entire first term. so i think that this was a largely positive trip for him. >> andy, the speech the president delivered to young palestinians and israelis on thursday, it was -- it was a great speech. let's listen to some of that. oh, i wish we could have. i just got from my director we don't have it. it was a great speech. did you interpret it that way, as well? i mean it seemed to appeal to both sides. all the applause that
fields of the region and the peace process. overall, president obama sets the right tone this week during this, his first trip to israel since taking office. but there's certainly a lot of hard work ahead, if he hopes to make any real inroads towards peace and deal with huge dangers in the region now. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin is standing by, and john king are joining us from amman, jordan, where the president wrapped up his trip. he has done well in jordan, now the hard work begins. where do we go from here? >> reporter: the white house feels he accomplished what they set out as his primary goal, which was to reconnect with the israeli people and convince them that he understands where they're coming from on the primary security issues. the big question as you point out, can this lead to real accomplishments, that would be on the peace front with palestinians, simply too many questions that remain outstanding when it comes to settlements and exchange of prisoners, other major issues that the arab world and palestinians are unsatisfied with. and syria, iran, these
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